ahi poke bowl on brown rice

After a day catching waves and snorkeling among lagoon triggerfish, nothing sounds better than relaxing back in your HGV condo with fresh, local cuisine. Poke (pronounced “PAH-KAY”) is a traditional Hawaiian dish made with raw fish and served with steamed rice. Poke means “to cut or slice”, and with access to a beautiful HGV kitchen, you can cut and cube fresh caught ahi tuna, marinate in the refrigerator, and serve with vegetables and crunchy toppings.

The next time you are vacationing at one of our Hawaiian properties you can either buy ahi tuna at a local market.

Here is our first of many destination-inspired recipes to try in your HGV kitchen. Be sure to bookmark in your favorites to try the next time you travel to the Hawaiian Islands.


Island-Life Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus one hour to marinate)

Cook Time: 20 minutes (rice is the only ingredient that needs to cook)

Servings: 2-4 (Depending on how hungry you are!)


  • 1 pound local ahi tuna, cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • ½ cucumber, sliced (optional), or ½ pound premade seaweed salad (optional)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Crushed macadamia nuts (optional)
  • Wonton chips (optional)


  1. Use the rice cooker found in your room (or pot with a lid) to cook two cups brown rice with four cups water. *
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, combine cubed ahi tuna, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, diced green onions, and sesame seeds. Mix gently.
  3. Cover bowl and marinate in refrigerator for one hour
  4. Pull the bowl out of the refrigerator and mix ingredients to evenly spread out the sauce
  5. In serving bowls, place one cup brown rice in each bowl, and top with poke.
  6. Add cucumber slices, seaweed salad, or avocado (or all 3!), if desired
  7. Sprinkle with a few dashes of sesame seeds
  8. Add crushed macadamia nuts, if desired
  9. Serve with wonton chips for an extra crunch!
  10. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for another night or two.



Pair your poke bowls with a glass of sparkling wine or if you prefer beer, try Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Island Lager. Ahh, refreshing!

Since Hawaii can be on the warmer side, this dish is perfect, as you won’t need to turn on the oven. There might be nothing better than enjoying fresh fish, paired with a glass of wine. Cheers to destination inspired recipes! Let’s keep traveling.


*Rice cookers are only available in Hawaii and in certain room types.

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